#19 WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO MY HEADSHOT SESSION?
The simple answer.
WEAR WHAT YOU LOVE!
We want you to feel confident and relaxed.
Dress to represent your brand.
Consider the following things.
- Solid, bold colours are best. Choose a bold colour that suits you and matches your skin tone. Consider a colour that complements your eyes.
- Patterns, logos, loud colours and shiny materials are distracting. The focus of the headshot session is you, your face and your brand. Not that zig-zag pattern on your favourite sweater!
- Avoid white, it will compete with your face to be the brightest part of the image. It’s also very reflective, so leave the whites at home.
- Choose well-fitting clothing and avoid anything chunky or baggy. It may be comfortable, but it will add bulk and make you look heavier.
- Avoid anything that fits too tight. There’s comfortable, then there’s bursting out of a tight shirt!
- Choose something you’ve worn before, something that works for you. It will give you peace of mind.
- Select a neckline that ends at or above the collar bone. Your headshot will be tightly cropped, so we would try to avoid having a deep plunging neckline exiting the bottom of the frame. High polo necks should also be avoided.
- Layer your clothing. It’s a great way to mix things up and create multiple looks. Not too many layers though, as it will add bulk. We’re looking to strike a nice balance here.
- Avoid fashionable trends and think classic style, it ages better. Fashion changes with every new season. If you stick to classic designs, then you won’t need to update your headshots as often.
- Bring a few different looks with you. We will get a better variety of images with more options. A good rule of thumb would be three to four different outfits.
MORE ABOUT COLOURS.
Nailing the colours is an often underestimated tool in portrait photography. Choosing colours that complement your eye colour and skin tone will elevate the pictures to a higher level and make them stand out.
Here are a few useful tips.
- Choose colours to match your skin tone. Earthy shades, such as olive, green, brown and cream work well with warmer skin tones. For neutral skin tones, opt for sky blue, jade green and greys. Cooler skin tones work best with bolder, brighter colours, such as rich blues, emerald or burgundy.
- Avoid metallic colours. We want you to shine, not your shirt! Shimmery, metallic or neon colours will be extremely distracting in a headshot.
- Texture can add dimension. Take a look at the image at the top of the page. See how nice the subject’s textured sweater looks? A solid-coloured shirt or top with a simple texture can help you stand out. The key is to select a simple texture and not overdo it.
- Steer clear of elaborate textures and patterns such as tweed, plaid, herringbone or tartan. These fabrics will be too distracting for your headshots.
- If you are wearing a suit, be aware that lighter suit colours work better for people with warmer skin tones and vice versa. Darker suits work well with light and medium skin tones.
- Match the colour of your neck-tie to your shirt and jacket and resist the urge to wear strong patterns or that Homer Simpson comedy piece!
BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER ON THE DAY.
A few closing thoughts on making sure that your styling and presentation is impeccable on ‘D-Day!’
- Make sure that your selected clothing is clean. Egg or curry stains aren’t going to look great in your headshot.
- Iron everything beforehand. Creases and curry stains (for that matter) can be removed in Photoshop, but let’s not go down that road!
- Bring a clothes brush or a lint roller with you. It’s a good idea to give everything a once-over before we shoot.
- Hangars are your friend! It’s preferable to hang your clothes neatly, as opposed to stuffing them in a sports bag!
These tips should help you to prepare for your headshot session.
Please do drop me a message beforehand if there is anything you are uncertain about.
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